Dec 16, 2019
In this episode, we got the opportunity to sit down with two amazing organizers and fellow radical podcast hosts. If you’re not familiar, Hella Black Podcast is an Oakland based audio experience brought to you by Delency Parham and Blake Simons. Their hope for each episode is to educate and inform their listeners about all things related to Blackness. Their podcast is important because it uplifts the voices of Black radical organizers who are doing the work in the field.
We talk to Blake and Delency about their own politicization, and how Hella Black Podcast got started. They talk to us about their organizing with People’s Breakfast Oakland, and what it was like to have Colin Kaepernick stop by and work with them on his birthday.
We discuss Blake's relationship to Jalil Muntaqim and the ongoing struggles of political prisoners in the US.
We also talk about the uptick of presidential organizing with the election, and their own disappointment with folks putting so effort into that arena of organizing.
Delency and Blake also share their own thoughts on the necessity of aligning theory to practice and getting involved at the grassroots level, even if it’s on the smallest scale.